Metra http://northernpublicradio.org en Report Questions Hiring Influences At Metra http://northernpublicradio.org/post/report-questions-hiring-influences-metra <p></p><p>A special task force raises new questions about Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his influence on hiring at Metra. The panel, which <a href="http://www.dot.il.gov/nepublictransit.html">issued its report Monday</a>, was created after a scandal involving political patronage at the commuter rail agency. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:30:32 +0000 Mike Moen 45333 at http://northernpublicradio.org Report Questions Hiring Influences At Metra Clifford: Not Caving Into Political Pressure Cost Job http://northernpublicradio.org/post/clifford-not-caving-political-pressure-cost-job <p></p><p>Metra's former CEO answered questions Wednesday about political patronage and his controversial severance package.</p><p>Alex Clifford addressed the Regional Transportation Authority. It oversees Metra. Clifford says Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan made it known that he wanted Clifford to hire one person and give another Metra employee a raise. When asked if the powerful House speaker did anything illegal, Clifford said no.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:37:28 +0000 WNIJ 33156 at http://northernpublicradio.org Clifford: Not Caving Into Political Pressure Cost Job Japanese trainmaker cuts ribbon at Rochelle factory http://northernpublicradio.org/post/japanese-trainmaker-cuts-ribbon-rochelle-factory <p></p><p>A host of public officials and hundreds of invited guests came to Rochelle Thursday to mark the grand opening of Japanese company Nippon Sharyo&rsquo;s new rail car manufacturing facility there.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:37:53 +0000 Guy Stephens 15246 at http://northernpublicradio.org Japanese trainmaker cuts ribbon at Rochelle factory